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South Carolina State Museum

Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Great fun

Had a great time with family. Really enjoyed the exhibits. The museum's staff were very nice and... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Augusta, Georgia
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Afternoon break

The South Carolina State museum is a great place to visit, I have been there many times over the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Lexington, South Carolina
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The South Carolina State Museum is a state-of-the-art facility featuring four floors of permanent and changing exhibits, a digital dome planetarium, 4D interactive theater and an observatory. The State Museum, the largest and most comprehensive...more
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301 Gervais St, Columbia, SC 29201-3041
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Had a great time with family. Really enjoyed the exhibits. The museum's staff were very nice and helpful.

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The South Carolina State museum is a great place to visit, I have been there many times over the years, exhibits do change. The presentation of history and artifacts is amazing. I highly recommend stopping in to visit if you are in Columbia area.

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Loved this museum. Big and lots of exhibits. Kids loved the sharks and fossils. Plus there were a lot of exhibits that had interactions that they could do. They loved it.

Date of experience: January 2019
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Be sure to allow plenty of time wearing comfortable walking shoes to experience all that this museum has to offer. Be sure to include the 4-D interactive theater and observatory. Many activities for kids of all ages and is well planned out. There are four...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank WayneinCO
Reviewed 16 January 2019

Well worth spending the better part of a rainy day just strolling through time and remembering times gone by. Great place to bring the young ones to see how hard their fore-fathers worked to make their live better.

Date of experience: August 2018
Reviewed 31 December 2018

We spent half a day looking through all that we could and then still didn't see everything. Also, the ladies at the café were so sweet and recommended the pimiento cheese spread sandwiches and they were amazing!!

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 31 December 2018

We decided to do this at the end of our trip and we are plag we did. This was a nice cherry on the top moment. If we knew this place was huge, we would have come and spent more time. We spent 5 hours...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank ace0022
Reviewed 29 December 2018

This museum is excellent - very good exhibits, easy to view. It was better than we expected. Great representation of South Carolina history and people. Planetarium shows were okay.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank George F
Reviewed 24 December 2018 via mobile

Looking for things to do on a day trip to Columbia and decided on the museum. First, went to the planaterium to see “The Star of Bethlehem.” It was an nice to see. Then, we toured museum. Some displays and areas seemed in need of...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank DrTerri
Reviewed 28 November 2018

It is hard to comment on a museum that covers so many things. First, the museum is built in a former textile mill which explains its meandering layout but also why it was such a good idea to have history housed in history. And right...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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6 June 2017|
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Response from ZeldaMcSC | Reviewed this property |
Yes. FYI, Admission to the Civil War relics room and the downstairs gallery is free.
23 May 2017|
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Response from sam n | Reviewed this property |
There is a package that we got when went that included the main museums and attractions. I seem to remember that if you wanted to see more than 3 of the offered attractions the package became worthwhile.
20 January 2017|
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Response from stanley824 | Reviewed this property |
There are interactive exhibits at the museum for children. If at child is at the age of five, it would a fun visit. Edventure is a great for younger children. A lot of interactive activities at Edventure and children can be... More